Hardcopy. I'm ready in case of blackout.
Me? I prefer
- DT/HC for what I'm really interested in
- PDF-only for junk or inexpensive 'mmm let me check this out first'
- DT/HC with PDF for stuff I *really* want to be able to read with various methods.
I have several big reasons why I (as of right now) will never go pure PDF...
- Love having the book in my hands, that stack next to me at the game, how lovely they are sitting on my shelf (I'm a HUGE fan of personal libraries).
- I don't care how well bookmarked a PDF is, 85 times out of 100 I can find something in the DT/HB version much quicker than I can with a PDF on a tablet (page navigation can be awkward on PDFs, especially with how there is no standard for numbering pages without screwing the entire thing up).
- PDF pages are the same size as the print book, so they don't scale to tablets as well. Margins etc. In order to read them I have to zoom into the page to enlarge the text, but then I have the fun of sliding the page around to read it all. PDFs are not eBooks (I ADORE eBooks even if I prefer physical). Any standard size book I have? Easy to read.
- Screen glare - even with an InvisiShield screen protector on... glare on tablets can be awful.
- Keeping your place. Right now I don't know of any reader 'app' that remembers your place for multiple files, let alone let you keep multiple PDF's open at once - the latter you can get around with having different PDF readers as I do, but they only remember one at a time.
I giggled reading my "10 inch tablet PC". I have a MacBox, a WinBox, THREE WinBox's as laptops (one is a rotatable screen 12" laptop/tablet WinBox PC), an Android Phone, and a 10" Android tablet - Yet I still much prefer hardcopy, more than just a few of my PDF's put my laser printer into overtime dumping out a 400 pg PDF for me.
So why giggle at "10 inch tablet PC"? Because, those little iOS/Android/WindowsMobile tablets... don't fit into the category solidly defined as "Tablet PC". defined as a WinBox/MacBox laptop with a 12" or larger touchscreen (rotatable or not) with full PC level hardware for processor, storage, ram... For example my HP TouchPC (as they branded it) has 6GB RAM, 500GB HDD, and a sweet second gen i5 CORE processor, keyboard, 3 USB ports, HDMI out (optical drive optional)... kicks ass over any plain tablet *wink* except in weight - which isn't evenly distributed across the back of the device.
If the prices come down enough before the mess that is Win8 comes out, instead of another tablet I may just grab me one of the new "Macbook Air" clones, a Winbox ultrabook.